'Final Fantasy 7' remake: Yoshinori Kitase explains 'episodic' format


The upcoming “Final Fantasy VII” will not come as a single standalone remake. Square Enix opted to divide the game into episodic chunks, presumably taking in the approach of a TV series. However, in a recent interview, “Final Fantasy VII” remake producer Yoshinori Kitase clarified the real approach that Square Enix is planning to take with the “episodic” format of release for the remake, and which “Final Fantasy” game they are basing this kind of approach from.

The upcoming May issue of gaming magazine Game Informer featured on its cover the new and upcoming game from the “Final Fantasy” series”Final Fantasy XV,” which had been in the making for the past 10 years. Additionally, the cover also featured an interview with Kitase as he gave new updates regarding the development of the remake of the classic PlayStation 1 hit.

According to Kitase, as reported by GameSpot, the “episodic” approach does not mean that each part would end up with some sort of an unfinished story that would have fans waiting in agony for the next part. However, each “episode” would be a complete “Final Fantasy VII” game. Kitase said that their approach with the remake was greatly inspired by “Final Fantasy XIII,” which was released as a three-part game.

“It will essentially be a full scale game for each part of the multi-part series,” Kitase said. “In ‘XIII,’ each installment told the story from a different angle. It was kind of like approaching an unknown territory in a sense. Whereas with ‘Final Fantasy VII Remake,’ we already have a preexisting story, so it wouldn’t really make sense if that isn’t encompassed in a multi-part series. So if we’re just looking at each of these parts, one part should be on par with the scale of one ‘Final Fantasy XIII’ game.”

Kitase also restated that with the remake, there might be some changes and a few “modernizations” that will be coming in the game.

“I, along with [Tetsuya] Nomura-san and [Kazushige] Nojima-san–who are involved with the remake–were also involved with the original ‘Final Fantasy,'” he added. “We were the people who created it, so in that sense, we don’t think anything is untouchable. That isn’t to say we’re changing everything!”

“Final Fantasy VII” is in development for the PlayStation 4.